Three years later, it’s hard to recognize those freshmen who'd never played rugby in the women who played on a National Championship-winning squad in 2011, guided their team to varsity status over the past two years, and recently won their first Ivy League Championship.
A little over two months removed from its first varsity practice, the Crimson found itself rightfully situated at the top of the Ivy League. But this wasn’t exactly the “rags to riches” season it may, at first glance, appear to be.
In a season of many firsts, the Harvard women’s rugby team reached another milestone on Sunday, capturing its first ever Ivy League Championship title.
The Crimson, seeded second, will face third-seeded Brown in the first round on Saturday. No. 1 seed Dartmouth will be facing fourth-seeded Princeton. If it wins on Saturday, Harvard expects to play Dartmouth in the final game on Sunday for the league title.
The Crimson came out firing from the start and never looked back en route to a 36-0 victory over the Tigers.
After a loss last weekend forced the Harvard women's rugby team to find itself, the Crimson dominated Brown, 57-7, Saturday.
This past Saturday, the Harvard women’s rugby team came away with its first win against Brown in roughly a decade. Although the Bears have commanded the rivalry in the past, this year a different Brown dominated the game.
Going back to its roots, the Crimson looked and played like a new team, tearing past the Bears in a 57-7 routing.
After 30 years as a club sport, the Harvard's women rugby team begins its first as a varsity program.
As a co-captain of the Crimson’s first-ever varsity rugby team, Xanni Brown has a wealth of experience on the field. But in addition to her almost four years as a starter for the squad, Brown has the added experience of having played for the women’s national team in the summer of 2011, less than a year after attending her first rugby practice.
The Radcliffe rugby team's transition from club sport to Harvard's newest varsity athletic program was an uneven one, but the team is officially taking the field as a varsity sport for the first time this season.
Following an 84-0 routing of Yale last weekend, the Harvard women’s rugby team (1-2, 0-1 Ivy) came into its first road contest of the season looking to go on another offensive tear.
The Harvard women's rugby team blew past an over-matched Yale club squad, routing the Bulldogs 84-0. Saturday's victory marked the first win in the Crimson's inaugural varsity season.
The Crimson women’s rugby team (1-1, 1-0 Ivy) came out firing from the start and never lost momentum in its 84-0 win. By halftime, Harvard had taken a 46-point lead over the Bulldogs with several breakaways from the more experienced players that ended as tries and conversions.
Radcliffe Rugby, Harvard's 42nd varsity sports team, faces Quinnipiac University on September 17th in the first game of their varsity career.